On our road trip in California, we stayed in Petaluma. We enjoyed very much this area. We spent a full day in Point Reyes National Seashore. From the parking lot (where the bus drops the tourists – to avoid too much cars on the road of the park) we walked a few minutes and then descended 300 narrow steps to get as close as possible to the lighthouse.
Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. Weeks of fog, especially during the summer months, frequently reduce visibility to hundreds of feet. The Point Reyes Headlands, which jut 10 miles out to sea, pose a threat to each ship entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years. It was built in 1870 and retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light.
In March it is time to try to see migrating whales when they go back to Alaska. The docents were trying to count how many were passing by. We saw some actions in the water but couldn’t really see the mammals. The best I could do was to take a pic of the toy gray whale on the table.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a protected haven for tule elks. This one noticed that I wanted his picture !
In another area of the park, we could see some elephant seals. There were a few , mostly pups and juveniles not ready to leave the beach yet. They were quietly napping!
We saw lots of beautiful flowers. California Poppy, Golden Aster, Checkerbloom Douglas Iris…
On our way back toward Petaluma, we stopped to Inverness. I took some pics of the iconic Point Reyes Shipwreck perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. This is a small fishing boat that had become a popular attraction for photographers.
One day was almost not enough to enjoy it to the fullest but that was all the time we had as the next day, we were going to see some wineries . That will be the topic of my next post. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the story and the photos.